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On the Land

13 November, 2021

Trees to fight erosion

A $2.3 MILLION project aimed at fighting erosion, improving farming and protecting the Great Barrier Reef from sediment runoff has involved the planting of 15,000 tree in Tablelands soil over the past three years.

By Rhys Thomas

15,000 trees have been planted across the Tablelands.

Eroded creek banks across the Tablelands were identified to be part of the project to reduce erosion and sediment runoff harmful to the reef. 

The latest batch of trees were planted at two cattle properties with waterways feeding into the Johnstone River.

Terrain NRM project manager Vanessa Drysdale said trees were the natural long-term solution in fighting erosion and protecting our world-renowned reef life. 

“Trees are the long-term solution, and they work well when they are combined with earthworks in the worst erosion hotspots,” she said. 

“Root systems hold banks together and slow water down in heavy rain events, decreasing the chances of topsoil loss and of further erosion.

“This project is all about reducing sediment losses to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon while helping graziers improve their pastures and livelihoods.”

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